A group of people sitting in a green-light space with laser beams shining across their bodies.

Iole Allessandrini | Untitled

Two performers in a green-light space with laser beams shining across their bodies.June 18 – October 15, 2004

A collaborative effort between Iole Allessandrini, Ed Mannery, Steve Ditore, Aimee Friberg, Pedro Alexander, Larry Rouch, and Mallet Inc., this project is participatory in nature. Emerging from experiments with lasers, optics and computer technologies, Untitled examines the horizon of the luminous world, the liminal regions of sound and vibration and the experiential dimension of light – radiant yet intangible. Employing custom-built lasers, photocells (light sensitive sensors), sound, MAX/MSP and DP programming environments and a light controlled room, Untitled questions the limits of our physical perception of reality and evokes the possibility of passing through walls via the imagination and the flight of our dreams.

Five lasers in the shape of luminous planes are projected against the walls of a room. The laser planes cross the space at different angles, dividing the room left and right, up and down. The audience stimulates and affects fluctuations in the sound through their physical interaction with the lasers. With past projects Iole has investigated ideas concerning space and people’s perception of space. Notions of distributed body, multiple-self, transmigration of presence (to mention a few) have emerged through these investigations. Through this project, the artists intend to merge these ideas with an awareness of “the nature of reality in general and of consciousness in particular as a coherent whole, which is never static or complete but which is an unending process of movement and unfoldment [sic]….” as expressed by David Bohm in his writings on the Implicate Order. The project is envisioned as a laboratory evolved with new layouts of sound, laser, and computer programming, including performance throughout the three month residency program.


Iole Alessandrini

Iole Alessandrini

Iole Alessandrini, a Seattle-based artist and architect who has exhibited works for more than ten years using various media and sculptural elements to create her installations, which often include…